Simple and Natural Home Remedies For Sore Throat
Sore throats are common and can affect people of all ages. Usually soreness is worse in the morning and improves gradually as the day progresses.
Generally sore throats are minor illness and go away without medical treatment. Home treatment provides temporary relief for sore throat. The following tips are safe, effective and help you feel better.
Tip 1. Gargle with Salt Water
Gargling with warm salt water is an old-fashioned effective treatment to relieve pain and swelling from throat. The hot water soothes the achy sore throat. The salt water component loosens the mucus and helps to flush out the bacteria.
In a glass of warm water, dissolve a half teaspoon of salt. Gargle the solution and spit it out. Gargle for about one to two minutes. Repeat up to four times a day with an interval of at least two hours. If you do not like salty taste, then add 1/4 teaspoon of honey to the salty warm water.
Tip 2. Drink Hot Fluids
Green tea. Lowers down the swelling.
Herbal tea. Strengthens immunity and offers immediate and soothing relief for a sore throat. You could also add a teaspoon of honey to the herbal tea.
Chicken soup soothes a sore throat and provides enough nutrients and extra energy to the body.
Tip 3. Use Humidifier or Vaporizer
Warm or cool mist soothes the swollen air passages, relieves hoarseness, and also prevents your throat from becoming dry. Run a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom. If you do not have a humidifier, turn on the shower and sit in the steamy restroom for several minutes.
Tip 4. Drink Honey
Honey has antibacterial properties which accelerates healing by reducing swelling and irritation.
How can you consume honey?
With hot water or tea
Add 3 to 4 teaspoons of honey to 1 cup of hot water or tea.
With lemon juice
Combine two tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of hot lemonade(juice of half a lemon with hot water). Let the honey dissolve well then sip it.
With apple cider vinegar
Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with two tablespoons of honey. Stir well and sip it.
Boil 1.5 cups of water. Add an inch of cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder and a pinch of pepper. Discard the cinnamon just before drinking, add honey.
Tip 5. Drink Turmeric Milk
Turmeric milk will soothe your throat and give a good relief. Add 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder, a pinch of ground pepper and a teaspoon of honey (optional) to a glass of hot milk, and drink up to 3 times a day.
Tip 6. Eat Vitamin C-Rich Foods
Vitamin C, an antioxidant, boosts your immune system. Eat vitamin C fruits and antioxidant-rich foods atleast three times a day.
As mentioned earlier, combine two tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of hot lemonade (juice of half a lemon with hot water). Let the honey dissolve well then sip it.
Vitamin C fruits. Spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, pineapple, cantaloupe, citrus, red peppers, mango, papaya, strawberries, watermelon, cauliflower, green, sweet and white potatoes, kiwi, and squash.
Antioxidant-rich foods. Kidney beans, wild blueberries, pecans, red beans, cranberries, artichoke, dried prunes, apples, raspberries, and cherries.
Tip 7. Eat Cardamom
Take out the brown seeds from cardamom pods, and roast it with small amount of black pepper. Combine this mixture with a teaspoon of honey and eat it at regular intervals. You can also use the crushed cardamom in the tea and drink it.
Tip 8. Try Ginger
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger tea is a traditional cure for sore throat.
Ginger tea. Just boil a glass of water, add crushed ginger and boil for 3 to 5 minutes. You can also add cardamom and tea powder (whichever you normally use at home). While consuming, add a teaspoon of honey. Drink ginger juice three times a day.
Chew basil leaves 1- to 15 basil leaves after meals. It flushes phlegm to a great extent.
You can also add few basil leaves to a glass of water and bring the water to boil. When the basil water becomes lukewarm, you can either drink or gargle it.
Tip 10. Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Gargle with diluted apple cider vinegar. Rinse your mouth thoroughly after you gargle once in three hours.
Combine 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 1/4 of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of honey and salt. Drink four cups a day.
Tip 11. Apply Thiruman (Naamakatti)
Namakatti looks like a chalk piece, but it is made up of solid clay. It is also harder than a regular chalk.
Crush little thiruman (namakatti) and make it a paste using little warm water. Apply this mixture externally on your throat. It offers a great relief for sore throat.
Tip 12. Try Steam
Heat a vessel full of water. Bend forward slightly over the vessel. Cover your head and the vessel using a towel such that the steam does not escape. You could also add few drops of eucalyptus oil in the water and inhale it.
You should be able to inhale the steam through your nose and mouth. Be careful while inhaling the steam. You may spill the water and hurt yourself.
Tip 13. Eat Onion
Fry small onions in ghee and eat it along with palm sugar (panakalkandu).
Extract juice from onion say 1 cup and add a teaspoon of honey and stir well. Drink this juice twice a day. .
Tip 14. Consume Black Pepper
To the hot rice, add freshly ground pepper, cumin seeds, and salt along with little ghee and eat it.
Add black pepper powder to warm water. Then gargle it thrice a day.
Eat 5 to 6 black peppercorns.
Add half teaspoon of black pepper powder to 1 glass of hot milk and drink twice a day.
Tip 15. Use Eucalyptus Leaves / Eucalyptus Oil
Add few drops of eucalyptus oil/eucalyptus leaves in a steam of water and inhale it. You can also use it in a humidifier.
Tip 16. Try Cinnamon
Cinnamon provides an effective remedy for sore throat.
Add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder in warm milk and drink three times a day.
Boil 2 cups of water, add a piece of cinnamon piece and a dash of black pepper. Boil for 5 more minutes. Strain the water and add a teaspoon of honey just before drinking it.
Tip 17. Try Fenugreek Seeds
Bring three glass of water to a boil and add four teaspoons of fenugreek seeds to it. Then strain the water and gargle it three times a day. You could also add a teaspoon of lemon juice or honey to it.
Tip 18. Eat Trilobatum Leaves (Thoothuvalai Keerai)
Fry Trilobatum leaves (thoothuvalai keerai) in ghee and eat it.
Tip 19. Use Rice Water
Rice water is the water drained from the boiled rice.
Add palm sugar and ghee or butter to the water and drink it.
Tip 20. Try Aloe Vera
Aloe vera brings a great relief to the irritated sore throat. Gargle aloe vera liquid at least three times a day.
Tip 21. Try Liquorice (Athimadhuram)
Tip 22. Eat Gooseberry
Dry the gooseberry and powder it. For 100gm of gooseberry powder, add 50gm of jaggery and a pinch of turmeric powder to it and eat three times a day.
Tip 23. Eat Garlic
You can either drink it as a juice prepared using only garlic and honey. You can also eat raw garlic. Though garlic does not give you good breadth, it helps to cure a sore throat.
Tip 24. Eat Cumin Seeds
Tip 25. Drink Horsegram Soup (Kollu Rasam)
Tip 26. Take Rest
Tip 27. Maintain Personal Hygiene
Discard the toothbrush that you used during throat infection and buy a new one.
Immunize the body against flu.
- Stay away from cigarette smoke, smoke pollution, tobacco, alcohol, dairy products and chocolate.
- Avoid cola drinks and other cold drinks like juices. It will make you sicker.
Anyone else with any other home remedies that they would like to share, please feel free to comment. Thanks!
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